Leonid Slutsky (football coach)

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Leonid Slutsky
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Slutsky with Russia in 2016
Personal information
Full name Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky
Date of birth (1971-05-04) 4 May 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Volgograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Vitesse (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Zvezda Gorodishche 13 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Olimpia Volgograd
2003–2004 Uralan Elista
2005–2007 Moscow
2008–2009 Krylia Sovetov
2009–2016 CSKA Moscow
2015–2016 Russia
2017 Hull City
2018– Vitesse
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky (Russian: Леонид Викторович Слуцкий; born 4 May 1971) is a Russian professional football coach and former player who is the manager of Eredivisie club Vitesse. Previously, he has been in charge of Olimpia Volgograd, Uralan Elista, Moscow, Krylia Sovetov, CSKA Moscow, Russia and Hull City.

Playing career[edit]

Slutsky was born in Volgograd. Slutsky's playing career with FC Zvezda Gorodishche ended at just 19 years of age. He had to retire due to a knee injury sustained after falling out of a tree while rescuing a neighbour's cat.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Slutsky became head coach of FC Moscow on 14 July 2005[2] until the end of the 2007 season.[3] His final match as head coach of Moscow was a 3–1 win against Luch-Energiya Vladivostok on 11 November 2007.[4] Slutsky became head coach of Krylia Sovetov on 1 January 2008.[5]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 26 October 2009[6] he replaced Juande Ramos to become the head coach of CSKA Moscow.[7] In December 2009, under Slutsky, CSKA reached the knock-out stage of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history,[8] before being knocked out by José Mourinho's Inter Milan, the eventual champions, in the quarter-finals.

Two years later, the achievement was repeated, when CSKA defeated Inter Milan at the San Siro in the last game of the group stage.[9]

Towards the 2012–13 season, Slutsky strengthened the team defense and re-organized the attack, which helped the team set a record of 15 games without being scored against, and to win all the games where the team scored first, resulting in a title.[10]

On 7 August 2015, it was announced that Slutsky would take over the Russian national football team in place of the outgoing Fabio Capello.[11] The contract was until the end of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[11] Slutsky won all of his qualifying games and got Russia into UEFA Euro 2016.[12]

On 14 November 2015, Russia beat Portugal 1–0 in a friendly game and Slutsky repeated Pavel Sadyrin's achievement of winning his five first games as the head coach of Russia.[13]

On 21 May 2016, CSKA beat Rubin Kazan 1-0 to secure the title ahead of surprise challengers Rostov. This gave Slutsky his third title in four years with the Moscow club.

On 20 June 2016, Slutsky decided to resign from being the coach of the Russian team after a 0–3 loss to Wales, which meant Russia finished bottom of their Euro 2016 group.[14] He resigned on 25 June.[15]

On 6 December 2016, Slutsky announced his resignation as CSKA manager. His last game was a Champions League group stage match against Tottenham Hotspur the following day.[16]

Later career[edit]

On 9 June 2017, Slutsky was appointed manager of EFL Championship club Hull City.[17] On 3 December 2017, he left the club by mutual consent after a run of bad results.[18]

On 12 March 2018, it was announced that he would replace Henk Fraser as the new manager of Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem, for the start of the 2018–19 season. Under his tenure, Vitesse entered the draw for the third qualifying round of the Europa League, being drawn against seeded FC Basel. The two legs were played at home on 9 August and away on 16 August 2018. Vitesse lost 2–0 on aggregate, resulting in their elimination from the Europa League. At the domestic level, Vitesse finished fifth in the Eredivisie.

TV commenting career[edit]

Slutsky has commented on football games many times on Russian TV. This took a sudden end after he repeated the word "Navalny" after his co-commentator used the term "Navalny football"; "Navalny" can be seen both as an adjective meaning "route one" and as a reference to the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.[19]

Coaching statistics[edit]

As of 28 May 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Moscow 14 July 2005[2] 11 November 2007[3][4] 89 39 26 24 120 102 +18 043.82
Krylia Sovetov 1 January 2008[5] 26 October 2009[6] 59 22 19 18 77 61 +16 037.29
CSKA Moscow 26 October 2009[7] 7 December 2016 287 160 57 70 474 284 +190 055.75
Russia 7 August 2015[11] 20 June 2016[14] 13 6 2 5 23 17 +6 046.15
Hull City 9 June 2017[17] 3 December 2017[18] 21 4 7 10 34 39 −5 019.05
Vitesse 1 July 2018 Present 46 19 13 14 86 66 +20 041.30
Total 515 250 124 141 814 569 +245 048.54

Honours[edit]

CSKA Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles, Chris (11 November 2009). "Quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "FK Moskva » Manager history". Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Blokhin takes command at Moskva". UEFA. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "FK Moskva » Fixtures & Results 2007/2008". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Krylia Sovetov » Manager history". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "CSKA appoint Slutski as Ramos departs". UEFA. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Juande Ramos sacked by CSKA Moscow after six weeks in job". The Telegraph. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  8. ^ "CSKA earn their rest in Istanbul". UEFA.com. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  9. ^ "CSKA Moscow through after late winner downs Inter". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  10. ^ "7 лучших тренеров российского сезона" (in Russian). Sports.ru. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Russia appoint CSKA Moscow's Leonid Slutsky as coach on short-term deal". The Guardian. Associated Press. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Сергей Иванов: "Слуцкий должен до лета совмещать посты. Потом РФС нужно будет вести переговоры о выкупе его контракта"" (in Russian). Sports.ru. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Слуцкий одержал пятую подряд победу во главе сборной России и повторил достижение Садырина" (in Russian). Sports.ru. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Russia coach Leonid Slutsky hints at resignation after thrashing by Wales". ESPN FC. ESPN. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  15. ^ Crellin, Mark (25 June 2016). "Russia coach Leonid Slutsky resigns after Euro 2016 exit". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  16. ^ Леонид Слуцкий покидает ПФК ЦСКА (in Russian). PFC CSKA Moscow. 6 December 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Tigers Confirm Leonid Slutsky As Head Coach". Hull City A.F.C. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Ex-Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky 'sacked' from Russia World Cup TV pundit role". 21 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.